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I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this article.
One of these days before I die, I hope to see a shift in the attitudes of so many of my black brothers and sisters in this great country we share, from perpetual victimhood, to pride in their achievements on the road from slave to American citizen.

Remember Ronald Reagan’s story about the kid who had to shovel a huge pile of manure? He went about it with such joy he was asked why and said, “With all that manure, there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.”

The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves.

This would be asinine and offensive even if the writer were black. But...LOOK AT HER! She's, like, the whitest white middle aged woman ever! She looks whiter than me, and I'm a pasty Mick. Good sweet Jesus.

Link from Shakespeare's Sister.

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audrawilliams
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
I think maybe you posted the wrong link, sugar?
stellanova
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yikes, I certainly did! Thanks for the heads up. I edited it so you can read the original piece in all its, um, glory...
cangetmad
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
She said WHAT? I can't believe I just read that.

It's a spoof, right?
stellanova
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
It's not! It's so Onionesque that I thought it was a piss-take too, but the rest of the paper seems like a genuine local rag.
marginalia
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
oh lovely. she's from my state. and, well, she appears to be a huge fan of tim eyman, and that tells me all i need to know right there. (his latest initiative is to repeal our gay rights legislation. his name alone tends to make me so angry i can't speak.)
septembergrrl
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
*blinks*

Good lord, that's scary.

I wonder if she also thinks "Blacks" should be grateful for Jim Crow?
millamant_
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
This piece is so offensive on so many levels, the mind boggles. "Yeah, slavery was hard, but at least it brought you here to this shining beacon of a nation?" WTF?! I mean, really, who has ever justified slavery in those terms?
fromaway
Mar. 15th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
I believe there's a black Republican public figure of some kind who has...

But it takes a special level of gall for a white person to do it. It's the new "but we SAVED you from the barbarism of the DARK CONTINENT and now you can come to JESUS!"

Actually, I'm not so sure they're not using that one now...

And she finishes this up with a rant on school vouchers. How anticlimactic.
theodicy
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
I suggest we find the author, drag her and her entire family off in chains, shove them along with several thousands like her in the stinking airless decks of a clipper ship, and dump them on a foreign shore where people whose language she doesn't know can separate her from her family and sell her.

A few years later, we'll visit her with a stack of Bibles and a copy of her essay and ask her if there's anything she'd like to...change.
alltheleaves
Mar. 15th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
I can't believe that she just suggested there was an upside to slavery.
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